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Capcom featured a Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Razer Panthera fightstick on the E3 2018 show floor that's 'coming soon'

Still hoping for more Marvel Infinite content at some point...

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • June 20, 2018 at 1:02 p.m. PDT • Comments: 53

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite remains absent from the long line of modern-day fighting games receiving support from developers. Though Capcom's crossover title still has a devoted competitive scene behind it, it is no secret that word on the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite front has been nonexistent for some time now. "Hey, look! There's that dead horse again!"

Though there was no news about MvCI during E3 2018 this past week, it wasn't totally absent from the show floor. Apparently, Capcom showcased a Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite fightstick among the glass-encased relics and merchandise attendees were able to observe.

Photos of a special Marvel Infinite-themed Razer Panthera fightstick were shared on social media, and Razer Consultant and fightstick aficionado Mark "MarkMan" Julio divulged a bit of insight on the product.

According to MarkMan, the artwork on the Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Razer stick is a re-imagining of a classic Marvel vs. Capcom poster. Replying to comments on Twitter, MarkMan noted that he provided the art direction for this peripheral and Razer's Street Fighter 5 Panthera stick.

As we see in MarkMan's photo, the Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Razer Panthera is "coming soon." We haven't seen an official announcement for this product yet, though.

Considering the current state of the game itself, the fact that there's a new fightstick for it on the way is definitely interesting.

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It's been a rough road for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and fans of the latest Versus series installment. The game launched back in September 2017 after receiving much criticism from the fighting game community over odd looking visuals, among other things.

At E3 2017, the game's story mode trailer was presented and brought with it the infamous "Chun-Li" face that quickly garnered negative response. That, coupled with other character models and an overall bland graphics style set the tone for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite early.

Fortunately, some of the kinks were ironed out by launch, however, the looks of the game were still considered not great and the same could be said about the uninspired roster that pulled several characters from its predecessor and completely lacked representatives from the X-Men and Fantastic Four -- characters that are staples of the series and helped make the Marvel vs. Capcom name what it to this day.

Though the gameplay found in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is largely considered fun and appealing, the game just couldn't seem to shake the dark cloud over its head. This reflected in the game's sales as we learned last month that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite shipped a little over 1 million units up through March 2018.

"January 2018 was the last time we saw Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as far as support from Capcom goes."

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite did see the addition of six DLC characters within its first four months of release, with these combatants being revered as some of the best and most interesting on the roster. Sigma, Black Panther, Monster Hunter, Venom, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier all made it onto the playable cast, with the latter three seeing a release on December 5th, 2017.

In addition to those three fighters, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite saw a large balance update that day which heavily altered powerful facets such as the Reality Stone, Dante, and much more. That following January, the game saw another small update that removed turnaround unblockables and implemented several bug fixes.

January 2018 was the last time we saw Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as far as support from Capcom goes.

Last month, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite received a mysterious update across all platforms that, according to the Japanese Marvel Infinite website, made changes to the game -- none of them balance related. We do know that this patch removed the Denuvo DRM anti-piracy software from PC version, though.

As it stands right now Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite has great gameplay, but suffers from rough visuals and lackluster roster, both in need of an update. Hell, the roster is currently uneven with two more representatives on the Marvel side than the Capcom side.

Despite Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite having been designed with "continued support for eSports in mind" -- which indicates initial plans for long term support from Capcom -- I think it's safe to say that most fans have given up hope for an update to the game by this point.

Still, a new Razer fightstick on the way for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite can't help but make you wonder...

Additional photo source: StillGrowinProd. Sent in by Pepperoni.

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